Novak Djokovic hails Boris Becker influence

The Serbian appointed Becker as his head coach in December, to work alongside existing trainer Marian Vajda, but suffered disappointment at the Australian Open, losing out to eventual winner Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals.

However, Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia title earlier this month and has made a promising start at the French Open.

He feels he is beginning to reap the rewards of Becker’s input.

“Well, his presence means a lot for me and, of course, for the sport in general,” said Djokovic after a 6-3 6-2 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 third-round win over Marin Cilic on Friday.

“For such a legend and a player that has made a mark in tennis history to be part of the sport again officially as a coach is really … I think it brings a lot of positives to tennis.

“I’ve started feeling the benefits of our relationship and co-operation. At the start of the year it obviously took a little bit of time for us to get to know each other, and now I’m glad that it’s all working well.

“In Rome he was there, together with Marian Vajda. He is here in Paris. So, both of them, they have their own contribution, their impact on my game.

“I’m not going to discover exactly what, but generally it’s working, and I’m glad that it all goes in the right direction.”

Many believe Djokovic to be the only man capable of rivalling top seed Nadal at Roland Garros, and Djokovic insists he fears nobody in the draw.

“He’s the most dominant player around in Roland Garros in history,” he added of Nadal. “We all know that, and we all know how good he is.

“But at the end of the day, you don’t go out with a white flag on the court.

“You try to win (against) whoever is across the net.”

Djokovic will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round.

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